Associates Degrees in Photography

Earning an associate degree in photography is a great way to learn a full suite of photography skills in a relatively short time period while gaining a degree helpful for your future in the process. Many have found that an associate degree in photography is a key credential with the ability to help them land that first job in photography. For others, it is just a useful step along the way. For example, one young man who is now an in-session photographer for the U.S. Senate earned an associate degree in digital imaging as part of his training, and later supplemented his degree with a summer residency learning under photographer mentors.

Associate degree programs in photography are typically designed to take two years, but may take longer if a student is unable to take a full course-load each semester. These programs are offered by universities, colleges, career schools, technical schools, community colleges and art schools on campuses, online or a mixture of both. You may even be able to finish your associate program earlier if you take summer classes and load up on more classes each semester, so talk to your academic advisor to see what the possibilities are for graduating in a faster timeframe.

Typical courses in an associate degree program in photography might include fundamentals of digital photography; an overview of film photography; the history of photography; principles of color; Photoshop and photo editing; technique & artistry (which may discuss trends in the industry); lighting and its effect on photo quality; and motion and still photography. A quality associate degree program will even include some photography-related liberal arts and humanities courses, like art or film history, as well as some marketing and business courses designed to help students kick-start their photography business.

Most associate degree programs require that you take a certain number of courses that may not be directly related to photography, but may still come in handy in preparing you for your future career. One example of this is found at Allan Hancock College, a community college in California that offers an associate of science in applied design用hotography within the college's area of applied design/media. The program gives students the option of taking graphic design, multimedia or film courses to complete their degree, which will be useful in our increasingly technological world. Classes like this could help a photographer starting their own business make their website more attractive and interactive for potential clients.